Prof. Dr. Ulfried Reichardt

Ulfried Reichardt holds the Chair of North American Literature and Culture at the University of Mannheim. He studied at the University of Heidelberg, Cornell University, and the Free University of Berlin, was assistant professor at the University of Hamburg and visiting professor at the University of Cologne, and conducted research stays at Columbia University, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Santa Barbara. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1988 at the Free University of Berlin (Postmodernity Seen from the Inside, 1991) and his Habilitation at the University of Hamburg (Alterity and History: Functions of the Representation of Slavery in the American Novel, 2001). Further publications include Engendering Men (1998), Time and the African American Experience (2000), Mapping Globalization (2008), Globalization: Literatures and Cultures of the Global (2010), and Network Theory and American Studies (2015) as well as essays on the dimension of time and temporality in literature and culture, on American Pragmatism, on music in America and its relation to forms of knowledge, on diaspora culture and several US-American authors of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. He was principal investigator of the research project “Probing the Limits of the Quantified Self: Human Agency and Knowledge in the Information Age,” funded by the German Research Foundation (2015-2018). His research interests include the consequences of digitalization, of globalization and of the recent developments in the life sciences for subjectivity, for the individual, and in particular for human knowledge; the concept of the individual in comparative perspective; the relations between music, literature, and knowledge; and, in particular, the authors William Faulkner and Richard Powers. As a member of the project, he will conduct research on a project titled “From Blues to Rap Lyrics – Turning Social and Personal Failure into Global Musical Success”